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Anthony Willoughby, 42, was sentenced yesterday. He entered an Alford plea in May to the assault on Fredia Edwards, 39, last July. Under the plea, he did not admit guilt but conceded prosecutors had sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors say Willoughby attacked his girlfriend during an argument.

They say he splashed gasoline on her upper body and set her ablaze with a lighter.

The woman had second- and third-degree burns on her torso, arms and face.


Five teenagers hurt in crash

Five teenagers were sent to area hospitals after a single-vehicle accident in Ellicott City, authorities said.

It happened early yesterday morning when a speeding car hit a tree along Gray Rock Drive and two of the teens were ejected, police said.

The driver and two passengers were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The driver is in stable condition and the other patients are in critical condition.

A fourth patient was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in stable condition. The fifth teen was taken to Howard County General with minor injuries.

No names have been released.


Church members to meet at Meyerhoff

The congregation at Baltimore’s First Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church will meet for services 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The church on West Saratoga Street was ruined by Tuesday’s five-alarm fire, which began when lightning struck the steeple.

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